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Penn College Gallery Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

A National Endowment for the Arts grant of $10,000 will support public programming offered by The Gallery at Penn College as part of its upcoming exhibition, “Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art.”

The Challenge America grant is awarded by the NEA to support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations – those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability.

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Automotive Instructors Return to Campus for Conference

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour welcomes NACAT members to their organization's 45th annual conference, again held at the home of one of America's longest continuous automotive programs.

A veteran of many NACAT conferences, Dale E. Jaenke (left) – soon to retire after 22 years on the college's automotive faculty – talks with council President Patrick Brown-Harrison.

More than 200 NACAT members, convening in Penn's Inn for Monday's business meeting, hear from Walter V. Gower, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies.

Keynoter Brennan discusses several interlocking developments regarding autonomous vehicles, "any one of which would be the most profound change in the automotive field in the last century."

For the third time in its history, Penn College is hosting the annual conference of the North American Council of Automotive Teachers. Returning to the 1998 and 2008 site of their organization’s official get-together, more than 200 NACAT members from across the United States and Canada began arriving Sunday for the four-day event. During their stay, participants will have their pick among 116 informative and topical sessions; a variety of family activities and evening diversions will supplement each day’s instruction. Monday’s opening included a campus welcome, elections, committee reports and a keynote address by Sean Brennan, a professor in Penn State’s College of Engineering. Watch PCToday for more.

Coed Youth Basketball Camp Runs Aug. 6-9

Girls and boys in grades three to eight are welcome to register for Penn College’s Boys and Girls Youth Basketball Camp, running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 6-9 on the college’s main campus in Williamsport. The objective of the camp, under the direction of Wildcat head women’s basketball coach Lauren Healy (and rescheduled from mid-July), is to teach and develop basketball skills, sportsmanship and knowledge in all phases of the game. Each camper will enjoy four days of instruction and competition; youngsters will be grouped according to age and skill level for team play. The cost is $135 per camper, lunch included.

Visitors Get Eyeful on Aptly Named ‘Summer Preview Day’

Admissions Counselor Lee A. Dawson provides an overview of life at Penn College during a welcome session in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

Chef Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, shows families around the kitchens where students prepare fine food for Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

Michelle D. Karchik, a student ambassador and physician assistant student from Clarence, leads a group on a tour of campus.

Christopher H. Van Stavoren, assistant professor, talks with families about the ins and outs of the college’s automotive technology majors.

Penn College welcomed nearly 100 potential students and their guests Friday for the season’s second Summer Preview Day. The visitors explored instructional labs; enjoyed campus and housing tours; and connected with Admissions, Student Activities, Athletics, Financial Aid and other resources. The final Summer Preview Day will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28.

Sorry to ‘Eat and Run?’ Not This Crew!

Jeremy R. Bottorf (right), coordinator of athletics for club sports, intramurals and camps, raises the bar in the "Who can blow the biggest bubble?" contest.

While tempted to use their hands, these competitors were challenged to move a cookie from forehead to mouth by facial movement alone.

A focused camper tries to eat a stack of crackers as quickly as possible before running to tag her relay teammate.

In full stride, a youngster runs his leg of the Alphabet Saltine Challenge.

In the Skittles Race, each participant had to hold a straw in his or her mouth, suck a Skittle to the end and run to the bowls to drop their candy cargo. The team with the most Skittles at the end of five minutes won.

In the midst of World Cup, Wimbledon and the Tour de France, Penn College’s Camp ESCAPE provided yet another option for hardcore sports enthusiasts: The Eating Olympics. Thursday’s campers, enjoying a healthy dose of pleasant summer sun, were put through their paces in a series of food-related events outside the Field House. (The boys won the cracker relay, while the Skittles title went to the girls.) In addition to the day’s edible treats, the seven-week summer camp – of which only two weeks remain – includes a regular diet of field trips, bowling, swimming, crafts, indoor and outdoor games, movies, and more.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Member of College’s Construction Faculty Attends D.C. Symposium

Levon A. Whitmyer

An instructor of building construction technology was among the participants at a recent Residential Construction Professors Symposium in the nation’s capital, gaining perspective on relevant industry topics and exemplifying the practicality of a Pennsylvania College of Technology education.

Levon A. Whitmyer joined counterparts from Michigan State, LSU, Kennesaw State, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the University of North Florida – all of which, like Penn College, are recipients of Homebuilding Education Leadership Program grants from the National Association of Home Builders.

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Culinary Arts Faculty Presents Session for Consumer Science Group

Chef Paul Mach

A member of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s hospitality faculty recently presented a session at the Pennsylvania Association of Family & Consumer Sciences annual conference in Scranton.

Chef Paul Mach, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, offered two sessions to the association’s members, providing tips for teaching about – and cooking with – a large variety of grains and dried legumes. The well-attended sessions included samples, recipes and other handouts, and a demonstration. Among grains featured in the recipes are quinoa, kamut and black forbidden rice.

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In Any Medium, Campers’ Artistry is Well-Done

A camper delights in her clay creation: an elephant-inspired bee house. When complete, campers can place their bee houses outside their homes to enhance bee habitat.

Penn College art studios offer welcoming space for artistic expression and exploration. Here, a young camper adds finishing touches to his creation in a printmaking workshop.

For outdoor fun, Varner adds detergent to a camper’s wet felting project that incorporates wool roving.

A tie-dye T-shirt complements a tie-dye wool ball, which was later transformed into a felted bowl.

In a needle felting session, a camper crafts a Brachiosaurus.

Creative spirits soared this week at Penn College’s Creative Art Camp, held Monday through Thursday, in the Bush Campus Center art studios. About 30 campers, entering fourth through seventh grades, explored a wide range of media and crafted objects from clay bee houses to felted bowls and animals. The day camp, coordinated by Penny Griffin Lutz, director of The Gallery at Penn College, featured three local artists/art educators as camp instructors: Deborah L. Stabley, adjunct art faculty, Penn College; Andrea McDonough Varner, art educator, Williamsport Area High School; and Holley Fuller, a 2018 art education graduate of Lycoming College.

Penn College Plastics Student Earns Scholarship

Haven K. Bontz

The Society of Plastics Engineers Thermoforming Division has honored a Pennsylvania College of Technology student with a national scholarship.

Haven K. Bontz, of Cooperstown, Venango County, is the recipient of the Bill Benjamin Memorial Scholarship. Bontz is a junior seeking a bachelor’s degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology.

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Rep. Masser Tours Penn College Campus

State Rep. Kurt Masser (in purple shirt) and Harold Hurst (left) his chief of staff, visit the Thermoforming Center of Excellence with Christopher J. Gagliano (second from right), PIRC program manager, and Christopher P. Ray, executive director of business development at Penn College.

The tour leaves the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center with Patrick Marty (second from right), chief of staff/assistant to the president for college relations.

Bradley M. Webb (in hat), assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, takes the legislative guests through the college's welding lab.

State Rep. Kurt Masser, who represents the 107th legislative district, spanning portions of Columbia, Montour and Northumberland counties, visited the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus on Wednesday to find out more about the college’s unique educational model and to explore possible linkages to secondary education in his district.

Accompanied by his chief of staff, Harold Hurst, Masser, who has served in the Legislature since 2011, toured labs and classrooms in the schools of Construction & Design Technologies; Health Sciences (nursing and dental hygiene); and Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. Also included was a stop at the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center.

Masser and his family own and operate several restaurants, catering operations and a farmer’s market in the Paxinos-Ralpho Township areas. He managed to include an impromptu tour of culinary areas during a stop for lunch at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

During the 2017-18 legislative session, Masser was elected to serve as a member of the House Republican leadership team as majority caucus administrator. He is also a former Northumberland County commissioner, having served in that role from 2004 to 2010.

Penn College’s 32nd Golf Classic Boosts Scholarship Assistance

Dan Boever leaves ‘em laughing during an exhibition at the Penn College Foundation’s recent 32nd Annual Golf Classic, which benefits student scholarships.

A return appearance by one of the most popular performers on the exhibition circuit helped propel the Penn College Foundation’s 32nd Annual Golf Classic into the record books.

The recent event, headlined for the second consecutive time by golf entertainer Dan Boever, was the most successful in its history – topping $100,000 in scholarship support. Compass Group North America was the title sponsor for the tournament, the net proceeds of which benefit the Penn College Foundation Golf Classic Scholarship.

Boever’s talents are contagiously crowd-pleasing, drawing respectful laughter for the proficiency required to make difficult trick shots look so easy.

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College Represented in Craft Beer Film to Be Shown Locally

"Poured in Pennsylvania"“Poured in Pennsylvania,” a documentary that explores the commonwealth’s thriving craft beer industry, will be screened Friday, July 27 – the eve of The Billtown Brewfest in downtown Williamsport. The film features Timothy L. Yarrington, instructor of brewing and fermentation science at Penn College, and is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. in the Michael Ross Center at Trade & Transit Centre II (144 W. Third St.). From America’s oldest brewery to taprooms popping up in small towns, GK Visual’s film follows Pennsylvania’s storied beer past, delves into recent growth and aims to capture the full tale of the beer industry in The Keystone State. Filmed throughout 2017 from Philadelphia to Erie, “Poured in Pennsylvania” visits breweries old and new, large and small … and a few that are still on the path to opening. Sponsored by the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau, Penn College and Straub Brewery, the free showing is limited to the first 240 people who register online. Penn College will staff a table at the Pine Square event from noon-7 p.m. Saturday, July 28, greeting alumni and sharing information about the college and its brewing and fermentation science major. Using the “PCTBrewfest” code when registering will reduce the ticket to $30 ($10 off).

Master Brewers Association Recognizes Penn College Brewing Major

A brewing and fermentation science student works with the stainless steel brewing tanks in the industry-standard instructional space at Penn College.

The Master Brewers Association of the Americas has recognized Pennsylvania College of Technology’s brewing and fermentation science degree as one of only 12 approved programs – and the only approved program in the U.S. Northeast.

Established in 1887, MBAA is a nonprofit, professional, scientific organization dedicated to advancing brewing, fermentation and related industries. A globally recognized authority on brewing, the international association has more than 4,000 members in over 50 countries.

“The Master Brewers Association of the Americas is the standard bearer for the ‘success through knowledge’ foundation on which we have built Penn College’s brewing and fermentation science program,” said Timothy L. Yarrington, instructor of brewing and fermentation science. “It is extremely gratifying to have our efforts validated by such a venerable and esteemed association of professional brewers and brewing scientists. As we continue to grow and develop this program, I look forward to helping ensure that our work aligns with the MBAA’s high standards.”

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Penn College Welcomes New Employees

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Director of Construction Projects Named at Penn College

Jason K. Bogle

Pennsylvania College of Technology has hired Jason K. Bogle as director of construction projects/construction manager.

Bogle comes to Penn College from Lobar Inc., Dillsburg, where he had been a construction project manager since 2007.

A Penn College alumnus, Bogle earned an associate degree in civil engineering technology in 2006. He also studied agronomy and environmental sciences at Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture (now Delaware Valley University).

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